First of all, if you're ok with worn down and tired furniture, a very loud refridgerator, when you don't mind that your quick shower turns out to be an half hour adventure trying to adjust the temperature - while hoping the water pressure will keep up with the demand, when you don't mind the bathroom floor not being cleaned for the whole length of your stay, the windows being single glazed and the at times heavy wind threatening to brake them, the lift being the slowest you can imagine, spiders and other creepy crawlers (yes!) lurking in the corners, the curtains somewhat in pieces and certainly tired of many years of use, plus having your ears blown away from the insane choice and immensly insane volume of music, especially first thing in the morning, at 6.30 a.m. when you want a quiet breakfast, perhaps reading the newspaper or working a bit, with staff so relaxed they don't seem to care much - then this place is for you.
But, hej, there are a few good points: the toilet flush system is very efficient, lots of water, which is good. The space in the bathroom is nice, too, especially that there's a long shelf, that is handy. There are also for once enough towels shelves and racks, which is also nice.
They provide you with shampoo and conditioner and a body cream, however, seem to have missed out on the shower gel, which I was willing to overlook.
The bed is nice, but not so nice I could say it's the best sleep I ever had. It was ok, and that's it (the best sleep I ever had was in the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, NYC, USA).
The breakfast choice was ok, not too spectacular, but fine. However, AU$25 per person is pushing it to be good value. Also, the weekend breakfast choice is slightly different than the weekday choice, so if you're looking forward to enjoying some pancakes on a Saturday morning, it's not going to happen - they don't offer it... although you ask yourself how much trouble can it be to get that machine out...? Also, mushrooms are only on the menu during the week - why, one wonders.
If you want a nicer coffee that the mass market stuff out of a pump you have to pay extra. Of course, since you're in Sydney, the city that's more expensive that New York.
If you're working in North Sydney, than the location of the hotel is a plus.
On the whole, I give this hotel a 3.5 out of 10. Honestly, if it claimed to be a youth hostel, I'd give it 8 out of 10. But a hotel?
Of course the prices match the ones of a hotel. The mini bar prices are higher than in any other hotel I have ever stayed in, and I am a business traveller, travelling 48 weeks a year, around the world.
It's worthwhile to check out your other options. And to the management: I suggest a complete refurbishment. Or, indeed, put a sign up over the entrance door: Youth Hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges North Sydney is perfectly situated for the discerning traveller, within close walking distance to the North Sydney business district and only a short journey over the iconic Harbour Bridge into Sydney’s CBD. Completed in March 2011 a $2 Million accommodation upgrade included all corridors, completely refurbished bedrooms including carpet, curtains, cabinets, loose furnishings and freshly painted room. Dine in your room or MUNDO Grill and Bar offering an eclectic and exciting menu open 7 days. ... more less
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